Over the last few weeks everyone seems to be talking about ‘Pinterest’. I’d read about it and heard about the ‘by invitation only’ access and thought that I should go and check it out.
Good news. I went to their site and requested to ‘join’. Got my ‘invitation’ within a few days. Bad News. I couldn’t sign up !! After a weeks’ battle of trying to actually create and log into my Pinterest account; I figured out that I couldn’t sign up using Chrome and had to register using Explorer instead.
After finally getting my account sorted out - I’ve managed to browse around the site and see how I could use it for myself and also for my business.
What’s All The Pinterest About
It’s yet another networking site – but this time more with images. It’s essentially a way to organize your ‘visual thoughts’ by way of creating ‘boards’ and ‘pinning’ images to it.
It’s a lot like Facebook in the sense that when someone posts something, you can like it, share it, and comment on it. You can ‘follow’ people (kind of like ‘friending’ a person) and see all their updated ‘pins’ (i.e posts) on your home page.
The best way to find ‘boards’ that interest you are to look out for key words. For my business account I would look for boards that are related to ‘destination weddings’ or ‘wedding hair styles’. For my personal account I’ve created my first board ‘Quotes’ where I’m collecting different quotes that have been created in a visually appealing way.
The feature I like most is the fact that I can create a ‘pin it’ button that can be used directly from my browser to be able to ‘pin’ images from other websites directly to a relevant board (and if you don’t have one – can create one).
I suppose I can see what the fuss is all about. It’s a cool site and am sure it’s useful for a lot of businesses out there (especially for people in the service / hospitality sector)
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